Gabrielle Bell was born in London, England and raised in California. She is the author of six books, including The Voyeurs, Truth is Fragmentary and most recently, Everything is (more…)
Kevin Budnik is a Cartoonist and Illustrator from Chicago. He was nominated for a 2016 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. He lives in a modest apartment surrounded by VHS (more…)
Emil Ferris is the author of ‘My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Part1’ (Fantagraphics) Emil is also a painter, writer, illustrator and sculptor for the toy industry.
Jesse Jacobs works from his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His books are available through Koyama Press and his work can be viewed at
Texas-born illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician, Gary Panter is a child of the ’50s who blossomed in the full glare of the psychedelic ’60s and, after surviving underground (more…)
Ben Passmore is the drawler of the Goodbye, Your Black Friend, and DAYGLOAYHOLE. His comics are about nihilistic sci-fi romps, punk, porn addiction, black alienation, Anarchism, (more…)
Ron Regé, Jr.
Ron Regé, Jr. began self publishing & distributing his own comics in Cambridge, MA during the early 1990’s. His first Graphic Novel Skibber Bee~Bye was published by Highwater (more…)
C. Spike Trotman
Spike was born in DC, grew up in MD, and lives in IL, with a dog and a man. She’s the founder of Iron Circus Comics, Chicago’s biggest alt-press publisher, responsible for strange (more…)
Jessi Zabarsky lives in Chicago, drawing comics, growing vegetables, and spotting bunnies. Her comics are about very small spaces and moments in very big worlds.
I am a comics maker and illustrator. I make the fantasy webcomic Gods Can’t Die and a variety of short comics and zines. I love dogs very much.
David Alvarado is an illustrator and cartoonist. Growing up in the Chicago land suburbs he was always drawn to cartoon imiagry, chicago imagists and hand painted signs.
Kurt Ankeny is a cartoonist and painter, author of In Pieces, Saltwater Snow, and Dark Desert Dawn. He is frequently featured on Comics Workbook, and was the writer and artist for the Santoro School Guide to Making Better Comics. He lives in Salem, MA with his family.
Amateur medievalist, disease enthusiast, voice actor, general ne’erdowell.
Iasmin Omar Ata
Middle Eastern + Muslim comics artist, game designer, illustrator, and curator making art about coping with illness, understanding identity, and dismantling oppressive structures. Your heart knows things you aren’t aware of // let’s make powerful things together!
Rachel Bard is a cartoonist and illustrator who loves monsters, sad stories, and small press publishing. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, where she drew a lot of cute things trying to not get eaten. Now she spends her time making comics, inventing strange new animals, and assembling an endless amount of tiny books.
Hallie Bateman is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Awl and others. Her first book, published by the Museum of Modern Art, is an interactive journal title “Brave New Work.” Her website is www.halliebateman.com.
Sarah Becan is a comics artist, author, illustrator and designer based in Chicago, and the creator of “I Think You’re Sauceome”, a food-centric autobiographical webcomic. She was awarded a Xeric Award and a Stumptown Trophy for Outstanding Debut for her first graphic novel, The Complete Ouija Interviews, and her work has twice been nominated for the Ignatz Award. Becan’s second graphic novel, Shuteye, was funded with (more…)
Believed Behavior is an alternative and art comics publisher that focuses on releasing work by Chicago-based cartoonists.
Andrea is an illustrator and comic artist living in Chicago throughout the best and worse seasons. Her work reflects adventure, honesty, strong-relatable characters combined with an intriguing palette. In short, she loves to draw awesome girls who work together to get the job done.
Alyssa Berg was raised in the Great Northwest and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her comics have appeared in Smoke Signal, INK BRICK, Perfect Wave magazine and on Comics Workbook and The Rumpus.
Bergen Street Press
Bergen Street Press publishes work by Michel Fiffe (creator of the monthly action series Copra as well as the one-man anthology Zegas, both of which he produces and self publishes under Copra Press) and Charles Forsman (two-time Ignatz Award-winner for his self-published minicomic, Snake Oil, and the creator of TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer, and Revenger)
BIGMOUTH/FEMME KBIR is a blog and distro centering the work of womnxn, femmes, and non-binary illustrators/comix creators with roots in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Artists work both within their countries of origin and in diaspora. Though the artists featured in Bigmouth come from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, their work is connected by common thematic threads addressing issues and intersections of (more…)
Anna Archie Bongiovanni
Anna Bongiovanni is queer cartoonist living in Minneapolis whose work has been published online, in anthologies, and in mini-comics, and whose first graphic novel, Out of Hollow Water, was published by 2D Cloud in 2013. They are the creator of The Grease Bats, a monthly webcomic for the queer feminist website Autostraddle. Aaron King, describing Anna’s work for Hazel and Wren, writes: “In a world where Archie Comics gets an avalanche of good press for (more…)
Bred Press is an artist books, comics, and zine publishing house located in Chicago. Started by Brad Rohloff in 2014, it provides a platform by which to support contemporary artists working within the medium of printed and published matter. I love you.
Tony Breed is the man behind the web comics Muddlers Beat (http://muddlersbeat.com) and Finn and Charlie are Hitched (http://hitchedcomic.com, nominated for an Ignatz in 2011). Both are newspaper style slice-of-life-comics with the same cast. Muddlers Beat is about the creative floundering of a group of young and middle-aged people; Hitched tells the story of married gay couple and their friends. Expect jokes about indie rock, romance, sperm banks, and (more…)
Haleigh Buck is a comic book artist from Baltimore, MD. Specializing in highly detailed autobiographic comics about (trying) to get over high anxiety and depression.
Scott Bufis & Matthew Salazar (Two Tone Comix)
Just a couple of lizard boys making alternative comics in Chicago. Our current series, Esoteric Dialogue, tells short stories based in conspiracy theories, alternative history, and philosophy. We also contribute short comics to local magazines.
Tyrell is a comic book artist living and working in Chicago, IL. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he is known for his comics Gary, Simon, and Victus. Additionally, he is the co-editor of the science fiction romance comics anthology Speculative Relationships. Tyrell strives to explore a variety of stories and ideas through the medium of comics.
Sally Cantirino grew up in NJ but now casts spells and makes comics from the swamps of Gainesville, FL.
Caroline Cash is a cartoonist currently getting her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She utilizes the accessibility of comics as a medium in order to maximize its potential to be shared with more people. She especially enjoys using humor as a tool to both grant the reader and entry point into her work, as well as help address the issues the work focuses on with greater ease. By playing with preconceived notions the reader has, she uses the (more…)
Caitlin Cass makes comics and counterfeit historical exhibits inspired by failure throughout history. She has been publishing a bimonthly comic periodical under the moniker The Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent for the past eight years. Recent issues of the Postal Constituent folklorize histories from America’s Industrial revolution and gilded age. In addition to self-publishing Caitlin’s comics have appeared in alt-news (more…)
Mike Centeno grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and witnessed a country corrupted by a surplus of riches, and an excessively short-sighted culture. In spite all of that, he seems to be real jolly guy. Ask him to tell you a joke; he’ll probably try, he’s a real push-over like that. He has been living in the U.S. for about 6 years and so far, still seems to be mildly depressed. He loves movies, cartoons, and dystopian futures. Also, Pizza. Always pizza.
Chris C. Cilla is a cartoonist and screenprinter. His comic book Labyrinthectomy/Luncheonette is available from Revival House Press, and Sparkplug Comic Books published his full length book The Heavy Hand. His work has been featured in anthologies such as Kramers Ergot, Corpus Corpus, and appears regularly in Portland’s Vision Quest free comics newspaper. He has been publishing minicomics (more…)
Mary Climes (aka Mary Slimes) is a cartoonist/ comic artist who is currently a student at SAIC. Her work mostly revolves around her former home of the Jersey Shore, underage drinking, and her complicated love of Alf.
Cartoonist, storyboard artist, bug enthusiast, and editor of Sweaty Palms, a comic anthology about anxiety!
An enveloping odor holds your nasal cavity hostage as your eyes are held captive to the dancing delinquency apparent in the funny books collected under your peepers.
Comic Book Slumber Party
CBSP is an international girl gang of comics creators making books as bad ass as we are.
Gabi is a comics maker and illustrator and likes drawing monsters and fantasy but also like cute stuff?? it all works out.
Culdesac Press is a small design, illustration and print studio based in Chicago, IL.
Czap Books (pronounced “chap books”) is a micro-press based in Providence, RI dedicated to publishing genre-defying comics that celebrate the poetic, the personal, and the weird.
MK Czerwiec (Comic Nurse)
MK Czerwiec (pronounced sir-wick) is a nurse and the Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. With UK physician-cartoonist Ian Williams, she co-runs GraphicMedicine.org a website devoted to the intersection of comics and health. She is a co-author of the Eisner Award nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto (Penn State University Press, 2015) and her first (more…)
Evan lives in Brooklyn, NY. He’s the creator and publisher of the fantasy adventure comics Rice Boy, Order of Tales, and Vattu, and he’s illustrated editions of the Wizard of Oz and Moby-Dick, and he does a bunch of other stuff too.
Ezra Claytan Daniels
Writer and illustrator of The Changers, Black Violet, and Upgrade Soul.
Anya Davidson is an artist, printmaker and musician living in Chicago. She’s the author of three graphic novels, including Band for Life from Fantagraphics Books.
Anya Davidson created the artwork for CAKE 2017!
M. Dean is an illustrator and cartoonist currently based in New York. She works regularly on two webcomics (The Girl Who Flew Away and Coming Soon: Regents Walk) as well short comics and illustration
Nicole Del Rio
Nicole Del Rio hails from Northern California and is currently a senior at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She indulges in narrative based work such as experimental comics and printmaking, which are often nostalgic, self-deprecating and emotional. She mainly focuses on internal experiences and memories and turns them into abstract, poetic related imagery.
DETROIT COMIX PARTY
detroit comix party has taken many forms over the years: starting as a weekly collaborative drawing night for local artists, taking a detour into aktionist-performance, doubling back to be a thoroughly nihilistic podcast, evolving into a pretty fun-loving public access talk show, and settling down to where we are now: a small-scale producer of beautifully bound and printed books and artist-multiples; for-hire consultancy for like-minded artists, writers and illustrators; (more…)
Barry Deutsch lives in Portland, Oregon, in a bright blue house with pink trim and varying numbers of housepets, housemates, and nieces. In addition to political cartoons, his comics include “Hereville,” about “yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish Girl,” and “SuperButch” with Becky Hawkins, about a 1940s lesbian superhero protecting the bar scene from corrupt cops.
Soumya Dhulekar is a comedian and illustrator based in Philadelphia, PA. She makes comics and illustrations, and co-produces Family Business, an all-poc comedy show at the Philly Improv Theater. Her work explores her identity as a woman of color; she uses humor to present and navigate situations concerning her adulthood, Indian-American culture, and relationships.
Krystal DiFronzo (b.1989) is a cartoonist, artist, and educator based in Chicago. Her work has been published by kuš!, Believed Behavior, and Bred Press as well as in many self-published books. She has a chipped tooth, a sharp laugh, and is as careful as a hammer.
downfall arts is a comics and artist book publication focusing on telling the history of the future and we work with a pizza cult.
Failing Sky / Villainette
Scout Tran-Caffee’s weekly comic is called Villainette, which puts a light-hearted spin on heavy gender issues. Her serialized internet graphic novel, Failing Sky, was nominated for Eisner Awards in 2014 and 2015. She holds a BFA from California College of Arts & Crafts, an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a slingshot enthusiast. She is one of the founding members of the Degenderettes, a multi-city feminist-genderqueer gender gang that is (more…)
Fantagraphics Books Inc
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Publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists
Kelly Fernandez is a cartoonist and illustrator from Queens, New York. She enjoys making comics based on folklore, monsters, video games, and brave women. You could see more of her work online.
Kelly Fernandez is the 2017 recipient of the Cupcake Award!
Hannah Fisher is a queer cartoonist based out of Seattle. She has a passion for independent comics and illustration, and is currently working on an ongoing comic about strong women in space. When not drawing or playing dungeons and dragons, you can probably find her asleep somewhere.
sydney fletcher and pizza club
eat pizza, worship satan, make art etc.
Sean Ford is a cartoonist and book designer. His first book, Only Skin, was published in 2012 by Secret Acres. He’s almost done with his second book, Shadow Hills. He lives in Louisville, KY with his dog, Maggie.
Charles Forsman was born in Pennsylvania in 1982. He is an alumni of the Center for Cartoon Studies. Forsman graduated in 2008 and is a three-time Ignatz Award-winner and have created such works as Celebrated Summer (Fantagraphics), Revenger (Bergen Street Comics Press) and the forthcoming Slasher (Floating World Comics). His comic book The End of the F*cking World (Fantagraphics) will be turned into a television series for Channel 4 and Netflix. He lives in Adams, MA.
Fox & Comet (Magda Boreysza)
Magda Boreysza draws animals with human faces, feral humans and other strange creatures.
Iona Fox is a cartoonist & farmer. She is the author of Almanac, which is both a weekly strip and an annual collection of longer stories. She is one half of the comics press Rod&Cone.
Lydia is an illustrator and animator from Chicago, with a hard spot for new school but a soft spot for old school.
Penina Gal is a cartoonist living in Providence, RI. They make comics about feelings, cats, lost kids, and glamorous monsters. Their comic, “Limp Wrist,” won the SPACE prize for best minicomic.
Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and illustrator working in Chicago. She is the author of “In the Sounds and Seas,” “Burrow,” “Particle/Wave,” and a growing collection of mini comics.
Joe Garber is a self-published graphic novelist and animator. His work has been featured in The Intruder from Seattle Washington. Check out his on-going story at pentastation.com or read his newest graphic novel ‘Cockroach’ about a young man inflicted with an uncontrollable urge to murder rich people. Joe’s work runs the gamut from Surreal to lol funny to tear-jerkingly sad.
Megan Rose Gedris
Megan, AKA Rosalarian, is a comic artist and writer based in Chicago, IL. Her work primarily focuses on women and queer people, with stories of adventure, surrealism, sex, relationships, and humor
Pris is a cartoonist living in Chicago.
Emi Gennis makes comics about dead people. She lives in a little house in a little town in southeastern Kansas, where she teaches art at Pittsburg State University.
My name is Jimmy Giegerich and I’m an Illustrator currently working, living, and eagerly awaiting the post-apocalypse in Baltimore, Maryland. I am the creator of the comics Fight Frogs, Executioner and Friend, and Death Knight. I run on heavy metal, Super Nintendo, and crappy movies.
Scotty Gillmer is a writer of fiction and comics and co-publisher of Talk Weird Press. He collaborates with cartoonist and longtime friend Carl Thompson on the comic series BFD (read: Big Fucking Deal), a touching and expertly-crafted story of growing up in the Midwest that best exemplifies his sympathetic and humanistic vision of the world.
Andy Glass makes comic stories about relationships, desires, memories, identity, myth and punk rock. Since 2005, he has been self publishing the indy comic series LIMBUS, and the mini comics I WILL EAT YOUR HEART, REME AND CECIL, THE TOWER and MISFITS AND STRAYS. His work has been published by Hic and Hoc Publications, the Denver Westword, comics anthology MadHappys from SF, the Chicago Reader and the Electric Cruise.
Sophie Goldstein is a 2013 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. She won two Ignatz Awards for her graphic novel, The Oven, in 2015 and one for her mini-comic, House of Women, Part I, in 2014. Her first book Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, co-written with Jenn Jordan, was self-published in 2013 with funding from Kickstarter. Her second book, The Oven, was released by AdHouse Books in April, 2015. http://www.redinkradio.com
Meredith Gran is the writer/artist of the webcomic Octopus Pie, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
Henry Guerra is a cartoonist living in Chicago Il, and graduated from SAIC in 2015. He has had his work featured in vice, and comics anthologies.
Reilly Hadden is a co-founder of BLANK PARTY and the creator of the ongoing cosmic adventure, ASTRAL BIRTH CANAL. This project has taken the form of a quarterly anthology, a webcomic, and 8 extra mini-comics per year, all funded through patreon. He lives in Brooklyn as a stay-at-home dad.
Corinne Halbert initially hails from Anchorage, Alaska, she traded icy cold tundra life early on for that most soothing of accents and tolerant of demeanors by growing up just outside Boston. It all resulted in an ongoing explosion of carnal, sardonic artwork that includes comics, paintings, and illustrations awash with flesh, blood, sick jokes, dick jokes, occult invocations, acid divinations, and severely naked ladies. Since 2009, Halbert has self-published Hate Baby (more…)
Cathy Hannah lives and draws in Chicago. She draws caustically wry comics about life’s many disappointments, some of which are political or historical. Originally from Michigan, she graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a fancy degree in comics makin’ in 2003. Determined to drive up her debt and accumulate even more impractical credentials she graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an even fancier (more…)
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Simon Hanselmann is a New York Times best-selling author who was born in Tasmania in 1981. He has contributed comics and illustrations to the Believer and Pitchfork, among other publications. He lives in Seattle, WA and on
Sammy Harkham John Pham Kevin Huizenga
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Sammy Harkham, Kevin Huizenga and John Pham have all been making comics for decades and would hope to do so for decades more.
M.S. Harkness is a Minneapolis based cartoonist. She can deadlift 185 pounds and one time someone asked if she was famous at the airport. Most of her comics are autobiographical or about wrestling (or both).
Keith Herzik ALAMO IGLOO
Screenprinter artist and musician Keith Herzik has been “at it” since the mid-nineties. Don’t stop now! Affordable and appreciated.
Beth Hetland is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies (’11) and alumna and faculty member teaching comics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo work, FUGUE, is an autobiographical three-part story about her family using music as a metaphor for their relationships. Her most recent collaborative work, Half Asleep, is the story of a young girl whose mother enrolls her in a college program in a reality where you can manipulate (more…)
Mike Holmes is a cartoonist living in Philadelphia, PA. He is currently working on the Secret Coders book series with Gene Luen Yang.
Luke B Howard
Luke Howard is a Cartoonist, Illustrator, and print maker self publishing comics from the city of New Orleans. He is currently working on an ongoing comic called Dead-End Rob, snagged an honorable mention in the 2016 Comics Workbook Composition Competition, draws a lot of snakes, and publishes an autobio zine called Abandon Ship.
Luke J. Howard
Luke Howard is an Ignatz Nominated cartoonist who works and lives in Vermont. He was fathered by a fighter jet and mothered by a warm pile of laundry. He received his MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, where he now teaches. His comic, All Coons Look Alike To Me: The Life of Earnest Hogan, Father of Ragtime, was named a ‘notable comic’ in the Best American Comics series in 2013. Luke was nominated for an Ignatz Award for ‘Promising New (more…)
Gabe Howell is a transgender Chicago based cartoonist currently working towards receiving his BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They are a multidisciplinary artist originally from North Carolina and makes works centered around queer narrative and the after life.
Amber Huff is a Chicago-based graphic designer and illustrator. She likes to draw and stuff.
Emily Hutchings is a sculptor, poet, performance and comics artist based in Chicago, IL. Her work addresses nothingness, fear, internal logic and and the poetic and philosophical interpretations of etymology. Her therapist once described her as ‘like one of those sharks that can go to the deep dark parts of the ocean and also come back up to the surface without the change in pressure killing them,’ which is pretty accurate. Her book, “Boring Comics” was listed as a notable (more…)
Issue Press is an independent publisher of artist publications, comics, multiples, and other printed matter based in Grand Rapids, MI
Cathy G. Johnson
Cathy G. Johnson is a cartoonist, printmaker and educator from Providence, RI. Her books include “GORGEOUS” from Koyama Press and “JEREMIAH” from One Percent Press. She’s currently completing “NO DOGS ALLOWED” with First Second.
Hannah lives in Philadelphia, where she self-publishes mostly autobiographical comics. She is interested in everyday life, but occasionally ventures into the surreal or fantastical. She has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon studies.
Laura Kenins is a comic artist and journalist making comics about mythology, memory, feminism and social issues. Her work has appeared in kuš!, Kuti, The Puritan, Matrix Magazine, Broken Pencil and other publications, and exhibited in Canada, the US and various locations in Europe. Her short comic Alien Beings was published by kuš! komikss in 2016 and her book Steam Clean is being released by Retrofit Comics in spring 2017.
Kilgore Books & Comics
Kilgore has been publishing comics since 2009 with a focus on strong story-telling from newer cartoonists.
Megan Kirby lives and writes in Chicago. She’s published writing in places like Jezebel, The Chicago Tribune and Bitch Magazine. Her zines include Coffee Spoons 1-3, which chronicle her life every three years, and Journey to the Southern Oracle, a fanzine about The NeverEnding Story. She wants to talk to you about Harry Potter.
Rob Kirby is a cartoonist, writer, and editor based in Minneapolis. His most recent books include THE SHIRLEY JACKSON PROJECT (2016), WHAT’S YOUR SIGN, GIRL? (2015) and the Ignatz Award-winning QU33R (2014). He is a regular contributor to The Comics Journal and a current guest editor for Illustrated PEN.
Laura K lives in Seattle and draws comics about feelings.
Lucy Knisley is an award-winning comic artist and author who specializes in personal, confessional comics that deal with memory, travel, family and traditions. Her latest graphic novel, Something New; Tales from a Makeshift Bride, deals with her struggle to modernize and equalize her 2004 wedding, and the meaning behind many matrimonial traditions.
Alex is a graphic designer and artist based in Chicago. Her work includes special format and experimental comics, printmaking, and illustration. In 2016, she was an artist in residency at Spudnik Press. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.
Davey Krofta is an illustrator, fiber artist and sandwich enthusiast from Ohio who lives in Chicago. He has a degree in fiber and material studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and has spent the years since graduation making puppets and drawing goblins. His current obsessions are femme vampires, pugnacious thugs, and teenage thieves.
Yewon Kwon is a printmaker, sculptor, and comics artist currently residing in Chicago. She is a part of the comics collective XEROXCANDYBAR, curates, edits and publishes the collective publication series PALLORPINK, and self-publishes her own work. She also runs an instagram of dog paraphernalia.
Kate Lacour is a self-taught cartoonist based in New Orleans.
The Ladydrawers are a curiosity-driven, open-ended, exploratory body of friendly amateur researchers, concerned with who gets to say what in our culture and how they may or may not be supported in or compensated for saying it.
Rosamund Lannin reads and writes in Chicago. She co-hosts lady live lit show Miss Spoken, edits Story Club Magazine, and has been published in The Billfold, Extra Crispy, and various other Internet periodicals. In her free time, she enjoys the company of comics, cats, and carne asada burritos.
The Ludicrous Alien
Shari is a weirdo who currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. She used to live in the concrete vortex hell (that she misses dearly) that is New York City for a while where she graduated from F.I.T. with a Bachelors in Illustration. Now she spends most of her time designing weird merchandise, making comics and sketching weird creatures and things.
Sacha is a goblin who lives in Chicago, making comics and stirring up trouble
Gregory Mackay is a graphic novelist and cartoonist. His works include the graphic novels Anders and the Comet and Anders and the Volcano. Gregory’s work also appears at VICE comics and in anthologies in Australia and France. He works as an illustrator and writer, in Australia and abroad
Mita Mahato’s cut paper art and comics explore the transformative capacities of found and handmade paper using layered shapes, textures, and colors that together build multivalent images and stories. Her most recent cut paper comic “Sea” was recognized by Cartoonists NW as 2015’s “best comic book” and will be the subject of continued work during her participation in the Arctic Circle Residency in 2017. Her comics and collaborative projects (more…)
jane mai is an award winning comic author and artist from brooklyn, new york.
Celia Marquis graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2014. She’s known for her cynical drawings about living an artist’s life, but also for publishing more contemplative and poetic snippets of her daily life online or as zines. She currently lives and work in Montreal, Quebec.
Celia Marquis is this year’s Transit Resident.
Andrés Vera Martínez
Andrés Vera Martínez is a cartoonist and illustrator whose clients include The New York Times, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, CBS/Showtime, and ESPN. He adapted the journal Bruekelen, an original graphic history of 17th Century Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Historical Society. He is also the co-author of the graphic memoir, Little White Duck: A Childhood in China. Andrés is currently working with (more…)
Lars Martinson is a Minnesotan cartoonist. He has lived in Japan on four separate occasions totaling more than a decade, including a two year stint studying East Asian calligraphy as a Monbukagakusho scholar. These experiences shaped his three volume graphic novel “Tonoharu”, a story that explores the joys and frustrations of living in Japan as a foreigner. Lars’ work has been featured (more…)
Rohan McDonald is a profoundly sweaty illustrator and animator living and working in Chicago, IL.
Wren McDonald is the author of dystopian revenge story, “Cyber Realm” and the cyberpunk epic adventure, “SP4RX” (both from Nobrow) as well as several other self published mini-comics. He has a refreshingly witty approach to science fiction that draws from numerous influences while simultaneously critiquing them. He’s done editorial work with The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vice and others and spends most of his time in his bedroom in Brooklyn, NY.
Ian McDuffie: cartoonist/musician/far out. 30, capricorn, they/them/their, really liked The Revenant. Ian is the author of the webcomic FEELS and the mastermind behind the musical group Violet Mice.
Bernie McGovern is a cartoonist, puppet designer, animator, and teacher living in his native Chicago. Current efforts include the self published, “An Army of Lovers will be Beaten,” the mini-comic series, “the Cosmouse,” and the sci-fi prose poetry of “iHadnott.” His real-life adventures were documented in the comic “DemonTears,” released by Hic & Hoc Publications, alongside the mini-comics “DemonGunz” and “DemonDust.”
Madeline McGrane is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Minneapolis and loves vampires.
Sophie McMahan is a comics artist and illustrator. She currently resides in Urbana, IL. She’s inspired by vintage B movies, horror, big hair, the 60’s, and badass women.
Molly Mendoza is an illustrator currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is captivated by the relationships that she has built with friends, family, and foes alike over the course of her life. Molly sets out to emulate those relationships through her chaotic yet rhythmic style to make some dang-good drawings. Frequently she can be found working on editorial projects, making comics/zines, and eating hot dogs.
Midwestrn Cuban is the self published comics of Odin Cabal. Odin has been creating Midwestrn Cuban for the past five years. He resides and works in Kenosha Wisconsin with his Wife, dog, and cat. Midwestrn Cuban follows Maria Garcia and her friends as they live their lives in a fictional version of Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Kelly Leigh Miller
I am Kelly Leigh Miller, an illustrator, comic artist, painter and all around sketchbook enthusiast!
Scott R. Miller
Scott R. Miller lives and works in Chicago IL, he is the editor and publisher of “Printsploitation” and collaborates with Corinne Halbert on “Bad Touch.” He’s a screen printer and illustrator as well as graphic designer and book layout specialist.
Corinne Mucha is a Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator and teaching artist who is very fond of glitter.
Ben Nadler is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Chicago. He publishes strips regularly through Neoglyphic Media and his first book, “Heretics!” is out this spring from Princeton University Press.
Alex Nall is a cartoonist and teaching artist. His comics series ‘Teaching Comics’ showcases his experiences as a teaching artist in Chicago, Il. His other comic series ‘Aloof’ and ’10 Mini-Comics’ have been self-published periodically since 2014. Alex also publishes the comics created by his elementary students. Alex is a co-organizer for Chicago Zine Fest, is a coordinator at Chicago Publishers Resource Center and works at the Oak Park Public Library, where he (more…)
Maki Naro is an award-winning illustrator who, since 2010, has been consistently producing a body of work which he would classify as, “fan art for science.” His comics appear online in publications such as The Nib and Popular Science, where he guides readers through a variety of complex topics, with implications that often extend beyond that of just science, and into social and cultural issues. His comic, Vaccines Work, which highlights the importance of (more…)
Pranas T. Naujokaitis
Pranas T. Naujokaitis’ recent work includes various BOOM! Studios titles (including Uncle Grandpa and Adventure Time), as well as handcrafted, self-published minicomics such as the Monster Town series and Laffy Meal. in 2016 Laffy Meal won a DINKy award and was nominated for an Ignatz award for Best Minicomic. Pranas has a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and two cats. (more…)
Hazel is a Portland-raised, Queens-based cartoonist. She is the author of If This Be Sin and No Ivy League, and the editor of Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers, and Comics for Choice. Her work has been honored with the Xeric Grant and the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant
AN NGUYEN is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Ottawa, ON best known for her romantic comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places. She has drawn comics for Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Electric Ant zine, and various Love Love Hill anthologies. In addition to So Pretty / Very Rotten, she and Jane Mai also released a zine titled Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire.
Fred Noland/The Funhaus
Fred Noland draws from a deep well of inspiration ranging from the Expressionists to Underground Comics. His illustrations have appeared in the numerous publications. His comics have been featured in the Cartoon Art Museum, and the Oakland Museum at the OAK installation. He has also taken part in group shows at San Francisco’s SOMARTS and Amaru Galleries and RPS in Oakland. As a cartoonist, he has produced a series of increasingly innovative and (more…)
Carolyn Nowak is the Ignatz award winning creator of such small comics as Radishes, Girl Town and Diana’s Electric Tongue. She will die in Michigan.
Cole Ott is an illustrator & cartoonist in Brooklyn, NY. He likes surreal imagery and tight, compact short stories.
Virginia Paine is a cartoonist and illustrator from Portland, OR. She has a BA in History and completed the IPRC’s Certificate Program in Comics & Self-Publishing. She has been writing and drawing her whole life. Her comics and art have appeared in Bejeezus, Sadie Magazine, Indie Ladies Anthology, Brad Trip Anthology, Little Heart Anthology, Big Feminist But Anthology and Bitch Magazine. Her current (more…)
Aatmaja Pandya is a cartoonist and illustrator from New York! Her current project is Travelogue, a fantasy “diary” comic with a focus on worldbuilding. She likes drawing comics about wizards and video games and surly teens.
Tommi Parrish is an Australian cartoonist living in Montreal. They paint lonely pornographic teen drama’s . tommi has books coming out with 2dcloud, fantagraphic’s, perfectly acceptable press and laylines.
Peow is a young and good publisher, making weird adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, slice of life, world comics, and fun stuff nobody else is making. We try our best!
Perfectly Acceptable Press
Perfectly Acceptable Press is a small publishing house in Chicago. We publish art books and comics with an emphasis on craft, experimentation, and goodness. We also provide commission Risograph printing services.
Chloë Perkis is an artist from Chicago, IL.
Caroline Picard is the author of The Chronicles of Fortune (Radiator Comics, 2017). Additional comics have appeared in Hyperallergic, Everyday Genius, and in vols 1 and 3 of The Graphic Canon.
Summer Pierre is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and teacher living in the Hudson Valley, New York. She is the author of the autobiographical comic series, Paper Pencil Life, as well as the books The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week (“A virtual bible for artists and day jobs” -The Boston Globe) and Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life. Her writing and art have appeared in Pen America, The Rumpus, Hobart, (more…)
Laurie Piña (b. 1990) followed an interest in writing and cinema to college with the intention of becoming a screenwriter, but a deep urge for combining drawings with words could never be stifled, and she began to self-publish comics. Her work is informed by memory, the mundane, and coming-of-age films. She lives in Southern California where she works at an old single screen theater and longs for gloomby skies and a hard rain to fall.
Plum is a collective of five illustrators living and working in Brooklyn, NY, grown by: Sophie Page, Jia Sung, Haejin Park, Paige Mehrer, and Jackie Ferrentino.
John Porcellino/Spit and a Half Distro
John Porcellino has been self-publishing his comic-zine King-Cat since 1989, and running the Spit and a Half Comix Distro since 1992. He lives in Beloit, WI with his girlfriend and numerous quadruped mammals.
George Porteus is an Illustrator and Cartoonist. Born in Massachusetts, he attended the Maryland Institute College of Art , in Baltimore, MD. Since he began making comics in Chicago five years ago they have appeared in local publications such as Lumpen and NewCity, and mini-comic anthologies like Dip and Old School Trolls. He has self-published six books, including last year’s Enter To Exit and Naked Mole Rats, and is a member of the comics collective (more…)
Ashly is a Chicago-based Floridian. Her obsession with pizza and animals overflows into her comics and illustrations.
A. T. Pratt
A. T. Pratt is a cartoonist, illustrator, fine artist and self-publisher from New York City. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a BFA in Illustration. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, making comics since high school, and has been self-publishing his work in the form of comics and zines since he was a freshman in college. Each publication is a new experiment with form and structure, and many of his printed products (more…)
Pubes and Tudes
pubes and tudes is a collection of femmes with disgusting attitudes unified by their disgust for the sterile, hegemonic status quo.
Tess Eneli Reid
Tess Eneli Reid is an Estonian-Canadian comic artist, illustrator and printmaker based in Toronto. Several of her self-published books, like The Birth of Linda and Silver for Bread, experiment with new ways of reading comics through unique, collapsable books. Tess is interested in nudging the boundaries of book forms to tell stories about the agency of women in harsh landscapes and exploring personal histories in the underbelly of small town Canada.
Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics
Retrofit Comics is a small press comics publisher that was founded in 2011 by comics artist Box Brown to bring a selection of short works by different comics creators to the public on a regular schedule. Now teamed up with Jared Smith from Big Planet Comics, Retrofit Comics has published work from some of the best comic book creators in North America, as well as creators from around the world, including France, Belgium, Japan, Australia, and the UK. (more…)
Revival House Press
Publishing since 2009, Revival House Press has featured seminal work by artists like Sacha Mardou, Ted May, Chris Cilla, Devin Flynn and Malachi Ward. Titles have included the Best American Comics featured Men’s Feelings, Sky in Stereo, Ritual, Hawd Tales and our inaugural publication, the anthology that kicked it all off, Shitbeams on the Loose!
“What if I could write about my life exactly as it was? What if I could show it in all its density and tedium and its concealed passion, never divined or expressed, the dull brown geode that eats at itself with quartz teeth?” — Edmund White
Ethan Rilly is a cartoonist and illustrator from Toronto. His comic book series Pope Hats has received a 2013 Ignatz Award, 2012 Doug Wright Award, 2010 Joe Shuster Award, and 2008 Xeric Foundation Grant. He has illustrated for Slate, COMPLEX, Wired UK, Chronicle Books, The Walrus, and The Believer. He now lives in Montreal.
Keiler Roberts’ autobiographical comic series, Powdered Milk, received an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series and was included in the The Best American Comics 2016. Her work has been published in The Chicago Reader, Mutha Magazine, Newcity. She was a Special Guest at CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Festival) in 2015 and Chicago Zine Fest in 2013. Miseryland, Roberts’ third book, was reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly, The Comics Journal, and (more…)
Scott Roberts is a cartoonist who creates and prints experimental art comics. He also makes animated films, and founded the DePaul Animation program in Chicago. He shares a home and studio in Evanston with the cartoonist Keiler Roberts, their daughter Xia, and Crooky the dog.
Jackie Roche is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator specializing in nonfiction comics about history and the news. She has published comics and visual-narrative projects with Crain’s, Fusion, Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication, LA News Group, Symbolia Magazine in partnership with Pacific Standard, and Symbolia in partnership with Years of Living Dangerously on Showtime, The Cartoon Picayune, The Nib in partnership (more…)
Nicole Rodrigues was born in New Jersey and went to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where she got a BFA in Printmaking. She currently lives in Philadelphia. Rodrigues’s work uses landscape imagery to show how human behavior can affect the environment, as it can describe the people, economic status, culture, and struggles they encounter. Urban plans can create rifts between social classes; highways cut into the middle of (more…)
Artist, Printmaker, Cartoonist. Chicago. Me mo run Bred Press.
a black queer friend and fiend making comics about foolish folx. i can’t stop thinking thoughts or drawing draws or else i will surely die.
Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and snake-person from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex.
Ann Ryan is an illustrator and designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their illustrations and comics contains themes of travel, home, and child-like adventure. They have a special love for tiny plants, collecting stickers, and matcha flavored anything.
Marian Runk is a Texan-born, Chicago-based, Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and musician who loves birds, cats, and country music. Her pastimes include singing the blues, writing country songs, and watching birds along the shore of Lake Michigan.
performance artist, painter, poet, noisemaker and body + fem (Sell Data Sell daña)
Johnny Sampson is a cartoonist based in Chicagoland. He likes making funny comics, posters, and songs. Some of his work is self-published, some of it is published by MAD Magazine, VICE, and National Lampoons.
Yumi Sakugawa is an Ignatz Awards nominated comic book artist and the author of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU, YOUR ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BECOMING ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE, and THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO MEDITATE: AND OTHER LESSONS. Her comics have also appeared in BuzzFeed, The Believer, Bitch, the Best American NonRequired Reading 2014, The Rumpus, Folio, Fjords Review, and other publications. She has also (more…)
SBTL CLNG (subtle ceiling)
Carolina Hicks (aka SBTL CLNG) is a writer and visual artist, living and going to school in Los Angeles. Current themes: misogyny kills, being a person is the strangest thing that can happen to someone, and healing is hard but necessary. SBTL CLNG works in painting, 3D forms / installation, zines, screenprinting, and music making.
Ben Sears was last seen in Louisville, Kentucky. No reward if found.
Co-run by Barry Matthews and Leon Avelino, Secret Acres began publishing and distributing comic books in 2008. Secret Acres titles and artists have been recognized with Ignatz Award wins and nominations, an Eisner Award nomination and an LA Time Book Prize nomination. Several titles have appeared in international editions. A longtime champion of the minicomic format, Secret Acres began (more…)
The Sequential Artists Workshop
We’re a school for comics and graphic novels located in Gainesville, FL. We offer a year-long program, many week-long opportunities, visiting artist workshops, evening classes and online classes. We hold monthly art shows presenting excellence in illustrative and sequential art.
Caitlin Skaalrud is a cartoonist, organizer, teacher, aspiring astrologist behind micro-press Talk Weird Press. She is a recipient of a 2012 Xeric Self-Publishing for Sea Change: A Choose-Your-Own-Way Story. Her first full-length graphic novel Houses of the Holy was released in fall of 2015 by Uncivilized Books. She lives with her partner and two black and white cats in Minneapolis, MN.
Silver Sprocket is a socially motivated art crew, comics publisher, and record label striving to nurture the community we want to be a part of. We make comics and gear with our favorite artist buds like Andy Warner, Ben Passmore, Ferin Fick, Io ‘Clast, James the Stanton, Jenn Woodall, Joshum, Lauren Monger, Lindsay Watson, Liz Prince, Liz Suburbia, Meg Has Issues, Michael Sweater, Mitch Clem, Nation of (more…)
Jack Sjogren is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. His work can be found on Buzzfeed, FastCompany, Hyperallergic, and The California Sunday Magazine. His book, Things I’d Do (But Just For You) was released by Chronicle Books in 2016.
Alexander Sloves is a Chicago based designer and art director, and lover of all things comics and zines.
Fiona Smyth is a Toronto based painter, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her first graphic novel The Never Weres was published by Annick Press in 2011. A collection of her Exclaim comics Cheez 100 was published by Pedlar Press in 2001. Fiona illustrated the picture book What Makes A Baby in 2012, written by Cory Silverberg and published by Seven Stories Press. The follow-up titled Sex Is A Funny Word was released in the summer of 2015. Fiona collaborated with (more…)
Soda Pop Comics
Soda Pop Comics is the first all female comic studio in Puerto Rico. Carla Rodríguez (writer) and Rosa Colón (artist) have been self publishing for almost 10 years. Their stories focus on well crafted female characters and colorful, interesting sequential art. They’ve self published more than 60 individual publications, from series, one-shots, mini comics, art zines, and anthologies.
Sonatina is comics publisher from the SF Bay Area.
Conor Stechschulte has been drawing self-publishing comics for more than a decade. In 2014, Fantagraphics published his debut graphic novel, The Amateurs. This past year he completed the handmade book, Christmas in Prison as well as the second installment of his graphic novel, Generous Bosom, published by Breakdown Press.
Dean Sudarsky lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he sings to the moon, yells at the sun, and suffers confusion at the hands of clouds.
Joe Tallarico is an artist/editor/curator mutant hybrid living in Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys studying the histories of both art and comics and how the two are incorporated. He is the comics editor for Lumpen magazine and his work is shown in Chicago by Jean Albano gallery. Other avocations include gardening, junk collecting, and competitive Street Fighter.
We are a small group of artists that mainly work with comics, illustration and painting. We run an alternative art space in Puerto Rico called Taller Secreto in which we do art shows, share workshops and make art (paintings, silkscreen, music, etc.) Come by and say hola anytime!
Tan & Loose Press
Tan & Loose Press is an independent publisher of limited edition artists prints and zines based in Chicago, IL. We pride ourselves on producing medium quality, Riso printed ephemera for the tasteless art collector.
Walker Tate lives in Los Angeles.
Lizzy is a native of Chicago who loves the comic community and is excited to add to it in her own little way.
2dcloud is a skunkworks publishing project. Founded in 2007 as a loose artists’ collective focused on the advocacy of experiments in visual narrative. Since then the label has since grown to an Eisner nominated LLC, expanding our scope to publish challenging, expressive work by both new and established creatives across North America and beyond. We seek out and champion artists with a distinct vision, one that questions norms both within comics (more…)
Uncivilized Books / Odod Books
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Uncivilized Books is celebrating it’s fifth anniversary in 2017! We started a publisher of mini comics and grew into graphic novel publisher. We’ve published books by Gabrielle Bell, David B., Joann Sfar, Sam Alden, Roman Muradov, Kevin Huizenga, and so many more. We continue to publish mini comics as Uncivilized Labs, and have recently launched Odod Books a new imprint for young readers.
Beatrix Urkowitz lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Rosemary Valero-O’Connell is a cartoonist and illustrator born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Zaragoza, Spain. She’s drawn comics for BOOM! Studios, DC Comics, and is currently working on a graphic novel with Mariko Tamaki called Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (out in 2018). She loves fried eggs more than anything.
A freelance artist originally from the Philippines and currently based in NJ/ NYC. I spend my nights moonlighting as a Freelance Illustrator and Printmaker… and my days daydreaming of Heroes, Villains, and the Cutesy.
Reports of Vreni’s existence cannot be verified. Residents of Brooklyn claim she comes out at night to dig through their trash for old copies of Playgirl, Shonen Jump, and Star Trek on VHS. Some believe she runs stillvreni.com, but no one can be sure.
Lale Westvind makes colorful, otherworldly comics and animations. She has self-published over a dozen comics including the Hot Dog Beach and Hyperspeed to Nowhere series.
Eric Kostiuk Williams
Eric Kostiuk Williams is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. His debut autobiographical work Hungry Bottom Comics was nominated for the Doug Wright Spotlight Award, and each issue of the series was selected for the Best American Comics’ Notable Books of 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively. Recent freelance clients include The Art Gallery of Ontario, Joe Fresh, and the Alliance for South (more…)
Mike Shea Wright
Mike is an illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer from Maryland. He has been living and drawing in Brooklyn, NY since 2005. His favorite food is pizza, he hates homework, and he is on board with the oxford comma.
Bianca Xunise is a cartoonist and illustrator from Chicago, Illinois, when she isn’t writing about intersectionality or the ins and outs of life she is schooling kids on what “real goth” is outside her local Hot Topic.
Yeti Press is a small publishing behemoth out of Seattle and Chicago. Over the course of six years, we’ve published nearly 35 mini comics, graphic novels, and zines from artists like Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes), Erik Nebel (Best American Comics 2015), and Eisner-nominated Sam Sharpe, amongst others.
Jenny Zervakis/Strange Growths
Jenny Zervakis was born in Chicago IL. She began doing mini comics Strange Growths in 1991(issues 1-16). She has also contributed to comic anthologies such as Backwoods (Ed. Chris Purcell), White Buffalo Gazette (Ed. Maximum Traffic), Flying Saucer Attack, Bogus Dead (1995, 2002 Ed. Jerome Gaynor), Top Shelf (1995, Ed. Brett Warnock), Not My Small Diary (Ed. Delaine Derry Green), Tea and Garlic (Sean Duncan), and Ink Brick (no. 5, Ed. Alexander Rothman). (more…)
Jesse Lucas lives in Louisville, Kentucky. With the help of his partner, newborn and trusty dog ‘Fox’ he’s able to avoid sleep and make comics instead.
I am an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Virginia. My work tends to explore social issues like race and gender through a slice-of-life lens. Yet when I want to get away, I make personal stories invoking nostalgia inspired by my semi-bland yet quirky life.